Themed Semester

Italy Semester Student Activities

Make Your Own Grape Juice

Make Your Own Grape Juice10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
The Oval
Admission: free

From Sicily to Tuscany, Italy has a longstanding tradition for great wine. Today Italy ranks as the largest worldwide wine producer, while Italians rank fifth in the world in wine consumption. Wine making in Italy began to really flourish as the result of Greek colonization around 800 B.C. Today, Italy accounts for roughly 20 percent of the world’s wine production.

Like Italy, Missouri also has a strong wine tradition. Prior to Prohibition in the 1920s, the Show-Me-State ranked second in the nation in wine production. Today, the Missouri wine industry continues to be a major player nationwide and now features more than 110 wineries and vineyards across the state. In 2010, these vineyards accounted for more than $175 million in tourism revenue. With more than 14,000 full-time jobs, it is estimated that the Missouri wine industry has an economic impact of $1.6 billion on the state.

Located 20 miles north of MSSU near Oronogo, Keltoi Winery was established in 1998. On the vineyard’s 43 acres seven types of grapes are grown and then used to produce a wide variety of wines. Be sure to stop by the Oval on Aug. 27 to hand-pick your selection of Keltoi’s grapes to produce your own grape juice with a wine press and assistance from Keltoi’s knowledgeable staff.

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo Booth

Learning Tower of Pisa Photo Booth10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Lion’s Den
Admission: free

Completed in 1372, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square. The tower developed the signature lean during construction work when an inadequate foundation resulted in one side of the tower being too heavy for the ground supporting it. The tower stands 183 feet tall on the low side and 186 feet on the high side. It leans at roughly 4 degrees and the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 12 feet and 10 inches from where it would be if the structure would have been built on a proper foundation.

Get creative with poses and take a moment to get your very own photo with this Italian icon in the Lion’s Den on Oct. 23, anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.